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Release Date: 05.16.2018 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: The GA Conservancy

The Georgia Conservancy honors Katherine Kennedy as its annual Longleaf Award recipient

Kennedy will be celebrated at annual summer soiree, VERDE, on June 15 in Atlanta

The Generation Green Board of the Georgia Conservancy is excited to honor Katherine Kennedy, Executive Director of Concrete Jungle, as its 10th annual Longleaf Award winner at this year's VERDE! The Longleaf Award recognizes the outstanding work of an emerging environmental or sustainability leader in metro Atlanta.

VERDE!, the Generation Green and the Georgia Conservancy’s annual summer soiree, will be held on June 15 at the Trolley Barn in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood. The annual celebration will feature live music, dancing, outdoor games and local artists, and will welcome guests to a pulled pork dinner from Waverly, Georgia's Grassroots Farms, beer from Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Company, cider tastings from Urban Tree Cidery, VIP specialty cocktails from Atlanta's American Spirit Whiskey and VIP poptails from King of Pops.

2018 Longleaf Award recipient Katherine Kennedy serves as the Executive Director of Concrete Jungle, an Atlanta-based nonprofit whose mission is to alleviate hunger and related health issues through the growing and gleaning of produce in Georgia. Founded in 2009, by Aubrey Daniels and Craig Durkin, Concrete Jungle and its volunteers work to recover the abundance of ignored, fresh produce growing on our streets, yards and parks to meet health and nutrition needs of our homeless and food insecure population.

Katherine Kennedy's commitment to providing healthy, fresh produce to Atlantans through nature-based initiatives and the sustainable, community-oriented use of Atlanta's fruit-bearing trees and arable land is representative of the true spirit of the Longleaf Award.

"I really love working in the food pantries and soup kitchens and connecting with folks about fresh, local produce," says Katherine. "Most people have some association with fruits and veggies - it takes them back to a meal or a place: eating around the dinner table or picking food from their grandparents' garden. I love that our produce can forge connections between anyone while also providing the biggest flavor and nutrition."

Past Longleaf Award recipients include: Marian Liou of We Love BuHi, Daniel Jesse of REI, Amanda Rhein of MARTA, Robby Astrove of Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center, Rebecca Serna of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Jennifer Owens formerly of Georgia Organics, Ovie Mughelli formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, Korri Ellis formerly of Atlanta Public Schools and Mandy Schmitt Mahoney formerly of City of Atlanta.

To learn more and to purchase tickets to VERDE!, please visit: www.georgiaconservancy.org/verde

Contact Info

Contact Name: Brian Foster

Company: Georgia Conservancy

Phone: 4048762900

Cell: 4048762900

E-mail: bfoster@gaconservancy.org